Fostering Innovation, Steps to Action

This second-in-series blog focuses on innovation, although of course all three themes are interrelated and aimed at providing the best possible education for all students. Discussion points included recognition that there is not a recipe for innovation or checklist to follow, but rather thoughtful consideration of current context and what it will take to reach a desired end. Read More →

Questioning: Is Teaching a Science or an Art?

Obviously going into a unit or lesson without intentional planning is a recipe for disaster but what great teachers know is that in addition to great planning there is indeed an art to knowing just what question to ask and when. Some teachers come by this more naturally but we all grow through experience and practice as we become more perceptive to knowing just how much productive struggle to allow before our students shift into shutdown mode. Read More →

Student Engagement Starts with Leadership

If education is truly meant to prepare students for life, shouldn’t school-life mirror real life as much as possible? How many times in our adult lives do we have to complete thinking activities in isolation (worksheets) or bubble multiple choice tests? Not nearly as many times as we have to collaborate with others on a project, problem-solve an issue by researching it and thinking through solutions (authentic literacy), testing ideas and models and redoing them. Read More →

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